Thankfully, our child is usually a good sleeper, but now that she’s teething, her nights are totally thrown off. What should we do? Is this you? Cutting an entire mouthful of teeth is a long process — two to three years — and the experience of teething varies from child to child. Some babies are very sensitive teethers while others pop out tooth after tooth without any evidence of pain and suffering.
For a sensitive teether, typically the most painful teething period lasts two to three days. During this time, make baby more comfortable. During the day, cool teething toys are helpful. For nighttime, sleep experts Conner Herman and Kira Ryan recommend Infants' Motrin for babies older than six months. Check with baby's pediatrician before giving your child any medication.
If you decide to use a pain reliever, give it about 15 minutes before bedtime, say pediatricians Herman and Ryan. Then, if baby wakes up at night and lets you know she’s uncomfortable, you can give her another dose if at least 6 to 8 hours has passed since bedtime. Keep these nighttime visits as quiet and unexciting as possible. And if she’s inconsolable at night, do whatever you need to do to make her feel better. She’s naturally a good sleeper, so assume she’ll fall back into that routine after this intense teething period passes.